Win the very first copies of the new-look Riverdale books!
First of all, I want to wish you a very happy World Book Day!
To celebrate, I'm holding a competition to win signed copies of the new-look, second edition Riverdale adventures, The Lost Pony of Riverdale and Against All Hope.
The books aren't even due to be released until April 1, so stay tuned if you want to be one of the very first people to have them on your bookshelves!
But first, an update on all things Riverdale.
I took delivery of the first physical copies of both books from the printers last week. Opening the boxes of lovely shiny paperbacks was like Christmas come early!
I am so pleased with them, and I hope they will prove to be a big hit with a new generation of pony-mad readers.
One of the things about writing the Riverdale books that has amazed and delighted me is that parents and grandparents have told me they've enjoyed the stories just as much as their children and grandchildren.
Which is a complete bonus, totally unexpected and seriously fantastic!
I'm also pleased to report that I am finally starting to make real progress on the 11th Riverdale book.
[I'm trying to ignore the fact that I had originally hoped Poppy and Cloud's latest adventure would be released at the end of February. But what's a deadline if not for breaking?!]
Anyway, I am now over 27,000 words in, and I'm hoping to have the first draft finished before we head to Wales for a week's holiday in April.
As always, I'll keep you posted.
No one's more pleased than me that spring is finally here. It makes spending time with Dobbie and the gang every Friday so much more fun.
Although I've enjoyed some fab winter hacks over the last few weeks, I'm looking forward to the warmer days and lighter evenings, even if the clock change does mean an hour less in bed!
And so, finally, to my competition.
This is the 25th year of World Book Day, which celebrates everything to do with literature and reading.
According to the National Literacy Trust, only a quarter of children read every day, compared to 43% in 2015, so anything we can do to encourage more children to discover the pleasure of books and reading gets my full support.
I'm offering one reader in the UK a chance to win signed paperback copies of The Lost Pony of Riverdale and Against All Hope.
For readers outside the UK there will be ebooks of both books up for grabs.
All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is to head over to my Facebook page, like the page and comment on and share the competition post, which will be pinned to the top of the page.
LIKE, COMMENT and SHARE. That's it!
I'll pick a winner at random later this month. So good luck!